How to get more greens in your toddlers diet.
As a mom, I often get frustrated trying to get my toddler to eat more vegetables. I have tried to hide them in sauce, steam and add butter, top with cheese, and have lost many a battle over the dinner table. I don’t want my daughter to hate vegetables because she was forced to eat them. So, I came up with a tasty and fun solution for both of us, green smoothies!
When I was still nursing her, I would make them for myself because I knew that I could pack a lot of nutrition into one glass and it was quick and easy.
The summer that my toddler was still a baby, I attended a seminar about green smoothies, after which I began making them daily. The benefits of green smoothies countless as you get a lot of dense nutrition into one glass.
I enjoyed going to the farmers market on the weekends picking my fresh ingredients and turning them into healthy and delicious green smoothies! Little did I know that these would become a wonderful tool for getting more greens into my toddlers diet.
6 Steps For Making Green Smoothies Your Toddlers Will Love
- Take them to the farmers market with you and let them pick some of the fruit that they would like to use. This will get them involved in the process and more excited for a green smoothie.
- Choose a variety of fruits: berries, apples, peaches, bananas to sweeten the green smoothie. I use a mix of fresh and frozen. You can decide what you like best, as fresh and seasonal offers better flavor.
- Pick two or three greens to add (choose mild ones for your toddlers): spinach, kale, purple kale, swiss chard. Add a few other vegetables such as carrots, celery and cucumber. I will sometimes add avocado for a creamy texture. You can also add a little local raw honey to sweeten the green smoothie as your little ones are getting used to the taste.
- Fill your blender with water and ice, then top with your washed and cut greens and fruit, blend until mixed well. A high grade blender such as a VitaMix or BlendTec works best for greens. However, you can also run your blender a few times until the desired texture is obtained.
- Let them choose a special "green smoothie cup." My daughter picked one out with a straw and loves to drink from it!
- Experiment with different fruit and vegetable combinations and always let your little ones help in the process. They are more likely to try what they helped to make.
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